Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/98210
Authors: 
Karlan, Dean
Thuysbaert, Bram
Year of Publication: 
2013
Series/Report no.: 
Center Discussion Paper, Economic Growth Center 1033
Abstract: 
For policy purposes, it is important to understand the relative efficacy of various methods to target the poor. Recently, participatory methods have received particular attention. We examine the effectiveness of a hybrid two-step process that combines a participatory wealth ranking and a verification household survey, relative to two proxy means tests (the Progress out of Poverty Index and a housing index), in Honduras and Peru. The methods we examine perform similarly to one another by various metrics. They all target most accurately in the cases of the poorest and the wealthiest households but perform with mixed results among households in the middle of the distribution. Ultimately, given similar performance, the analysis suggests that costs should be the driving consideration in choosing across methods.
Subjects: 
poverty targeting
participatory wealth rankings
proxy means tests
JEL: 
C81
O12
O20
Document Type: 
Working Paper

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